|Created by||Studio Dragon|
|Written by||Jang Hyuk-rin|
|Directed by||Kwak Jung-hwan|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Running time||60 mins|
|Production company||HB Entertainment|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||September 23 –|
November 12, 2016
The K2 (Korean: 더 케이투; RR: Deo Keitu) is a 2016 South Korean television series starring Ji Chang-wook and Im Yoon-ah. It premiered on tvN every Friday and Saturday at 20:00 (KST) from September 23 to November 12, 2016 for 16 episodes.
Kim Je-ha is a former mercenary soldier for the PMC Blackstone. While in Iraq, he gets framed for the murder of his lover Raniya, a civilian. As a result, he runs away and becomes a fugitive. He returns to South Korea and by chance, gets offered to work as a bodyguard by Choi Yoo-jin, the owner of JSS Security Company and wife of the presidential candidate, Jang-Se joon. He accepts the job in exchange for resources that he needs in order to get his revenge on another presidential candidate, Park Kwan-soo, who previously ordered the killing of his lover. In the meantime, Je-ha gets assigned to guard Go An-na, the hidden daughter of Jang Se-joon, whose life is always threatened because of Yoo-jin, her stepmother. An-na, who has been reclused and lonely all her life, starts relying on Je-ha, who shows concern for her and protects her at all costs. They slowly fall in love with each other, which makes Je-ha torn between having to work with his ally, Yoo-jin, in order to get his revenge and protecting his new found love, An-na, against his own ally. Eventually, Je-ha finally achieved his goal of revenge and have Park hanged himself for his atrocious acts and with Je-ha cleared his name, but at the price of both Jang Se-joon and Choi Yoo-jin's lives. The series end with Je-ha and An-na embracing each other in a foreign country, with An-na asking Je-ha what is his real name and Je-ha about to reveal it.
- The main protagonist of the series. He is a former military operative stationed in Iraq until he returns to South Korea after being framed for murder. When his skills get noticed by Choi Yoo-Jin, she hires him to work for her security agency JSS Security under the codename K2, and is tasked with body-guarding Go An-na, the secret illegitimate daughter of her husband, Jang Se-joon. The name "Kim Je-ha" is actually not Je-ha's real name but an alias used by him to conceal his identity while working as An-na's bodyguard; that name actually belongs to a victim of an unsolved missing person case. The real name of the protagonist is unknown throughout the show, except that his real surname is said to be Kim.
- She is the current wife of Jang Se-joon and the eldest daughter of a chaebol family. Ambitious yet merciless, her corrupted nature is due to the result of her upbringing. She has her sights set on becoming the First Lady. As such, she is willing to manipulate Anna and her husband to further her ways. As the series progresses, she begins to develop feelings for Je-ha after he rescued her from an exploding car.
- She is the illegitimate daughter of Jang Se-joon who is kept hidden from the public eye to protect his political career. Growing up under the constant surveillance of her cruel stepmother Choi Yoo-jin, she has developed a social phobia and experiences panic attacks from flashing lights, a result of her PTSD stemming from her past regarding the death of her biological mother. She returns to South Korea from Barcelona and becomes a pawn in her stepmother's plan to control her husband's political career from behind-the-scenes.
- Jo Sung-ha as Jang Se-joon
- He is a philandering presidential candidate partially responsible for corrupting his wife and An-na's father. He is unwillingly under the control of his corrupted wife and is blackmailed to do her bidding. Throughout the series, he didn't seem to show any care for his daughter, but later he reveals to Je-ha that he truly loves her and was willing to submit to his wife just to keep An-na safe.
- Kim Kap-soo as Park Kwan-soo
- He is Se-joon's political rival and leader of the current ruling party. He is the main antagonist of the series.
- Lee Jung-jin as Choi Sung-won
- Yoo-jin's younger half-brother and the current CEO of JB Group. Both he and his sister are at odds for the majority stakes of both JSS Security and their family company. He also constantly tries to get Je-ha to join him, believing him to be a powerful person, but Je-ha continuously refuses, until Sung-won is forced to do it by force
- She is Yoo-jin's personal secretary and right-hand woman. She greatly dislikes Je-ha and attempts to kill him on several occasions.
- Lee Ye-eun as Jang Mi-ran
- She is one of the personal bodyguards working alongside Je-ha to protect An-na, operating under the codename J4. She had a crush on Je-ha at first, but later accepted Sung-gyu's confession of love.
- Lee Jae-woo as Kang Sung-gyu
- He is one of the personal bodyguards working alongside Je-ha and Mi-ran to protect An-na, operating under the codename K1. He is in love with Mi-ran, who later reciprocated his feelings.
- Lee Chul-min as Park Kwan-soo's aide
- Song Kyung-chul as Song Young-chun
- So Hee-jung as Head of JSS medical team
- Park Soon-chun as Choi Sung-won's mother
- Jeon Bae-soo as Joo Chul-ho
- Ko In-beom as Guk Chae-wan
- Lee Soon-won as JSS body guard team leader
- Jo Jae-ryong as Secretary Sung
- Kim Ik-tae as Old man helping Je-ha
- Kwon Soo-hyun as Bodyguard
- Jung Ji-young as Noh Ji-yeon
- Kim Mi-Kyung as Housekeeper
- Park Gun
- Joo Jae-byun
- Yoo In-hyuk as Dong-mi's bodyguard and former baseball player
- Yoon Joo-bin
- Oh Sang-hoon as Battalion captain
- Kim Kyung-ryong as Lee Kyung-jin
- Ji Yoon-jae as Kwan-soo's bodyguard and detective with scar
- Jung Se-hyung as Detective
- Park Kyun-rak as Prosecutor
- Kim Hyun as Helper
- Carson Allen as Raniya
- Joo Sae-byuk as Woman having affair with Jang Se-joon (Ep.1)
- Son Tae-young as Uhm Hye-rin, An-na's mother and a former famous star
- Jo Hee-bong as Police officer
- Sung Dong-il as Police officer (Ep. 3)
- Yoo Seung-mok as Congressman Kim (Ep. 1, 12)
- Lee Han-wi as President's secretary (Ep. 10)
- Jo Dong-hyuk as JSS Special Ops captain (Ep. 8)
- Choi Jung-min
- Park Jung-sang
Being depicted with a bodyguard action theme, the drama utilized various fighting techniques including systema, taekwondo, aikido, and jujutsu for its action scenes. It became the first Korean television drama to introduce the Bullet Time effect.
The first script reading was held in August 2016 at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul, South Korea. Filming began in September.
Some scenes of the drama, primarily in episodes 1 and 2, were filmed in Catalonia (along the mountain of Montserrat, the Gothic and Baroque Cistercian Monastery of Santes Creus in Aiguamúrcia), followed by various places in Barcelona (center, Old City, etc., as well as various metro / commuter rail stations such as Plaça d'Espanya and Magòria / La Campana), Gaudí's Modernista Colònia Güell Crypt (fashion show party) among other locations in Spain (probably near Almería for the Iraq War desert locations). The closing scene of episode 16 was filmed at Barcelona's Turó de la Rovira hill. The rest of the series was apparently filmed in Korea.
The male lead Ji Chang-wook, due to his casting, became the highest-paid actor for a tvN drama. He had special training and performed the action stunts in the drama by himself, without a body double. At the press conference, director Kwak expressed "On top of Ji's splendid action, the drama will tell the story of insatiable desire and political fights between people holding secrets of their own."
|The K2 |
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||November 11, 2016|
|Label||CJ E&M Music|
|1.||"The K2 Main Theme"||Various Artists||6:45|
|2.||"Same Day" (오늘도)||Kim Bo-hyung||3:44|
|3.||"Sometimes" (아주 가끔)||Yoo Sung-eun||3:51|
|5.||"Love You"||Min Kyung-hoon||3:50|
|6.||"As Time Stops" (시간이 멈춘듯)||Park Kwang-sun||4:57|
|8.||"The Witch and the Girl"||Various Artists||3:56|
|9.||"Mirror Mirror"||Yang Sun-mi||2:52|
|10.||"Wolf Knight"||Yang Sun-mi||4:44|
|11.||"Quando Corpus Morietur"||Various Artists||5:01|
|12.||"Wolf's Song"||Yang Sun-mi||3:30|
|14.||"Witching Hour"||Various Artists||2:40|
|15.||"The Witch's Advice"||Kim Min-young||3:01|
|16.||"Der Rosenkavalier"||Various Artists||4:59|
|17.||"Against the Odds"||Various Artists||3:25|
|18.||"A Queen of the Forest"||Various Artists||4:37|
|19.||"Anna's Appassionata"||Various Artists||3:11|
The drama received favorable reviews, topping cable channel viewership ratings throughout its 8-week broadcast. It was praised by viewers for good performances. The drama streams internationally on DramaFever with English subtitles. Its broadcasting rights were sold to Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, China, Thailand, Israel and Greece. 
In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
|Ep.||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|1||September 23, 2016||3.225%||3.257%||4.2%|
|2||September 24, 2016||3.396%||3.821%||4.9%|
|3||September 30, 2016||4.390%||4.743%||4.6%|
|4||October 1, 2016||3.948%||3.936%||5.4%|
|5||October 7, 2016||4.622%||4.820%||5.2%|
|6||October 8, 2016||6.636%||8.489%||5.6%|
|7||October 14, 2016||5.059%||5.343%||6.1%|
|8||October 15, 2016||5.707%||7.410%||6.4%|
|9||October 21, 2016||4.849%||5.410%||4.6%|
|10||October 22, 2016||5.646%||6.688%||5.2%|
|11||October 28, 2016||4.932%||5.817%||4.5%|
|12||October 29, 2016||5.369%||5.717%||5.0%|
|13||November 4, 2016||4.489%||5.210%||4.5%|
|14||November 5, 2016||4.574%||5.279%||5.4%|
|15||November 11, 2016||5.523%||6.538%||5.2%|
|16||November 12, 2016||5.467%||6.537%||5.5%|
- This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).
Awards and nominations
|2016||Asia Artist Awards||Popularity Award, Actress||Won|||
|Asia Star Award, Actress||Won|
|31st Korea's Best Dresser Swan Awards||Best Dressed Actress||Won|||
|Best Dressed Actor||Won|
|2017||5th Annual DramaFever Awards||Best Bad Boy||Won|
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